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Smartwatches are the hottest property in tech right now, and there are plenty of upcoming devices to get excited about.

As the key period of 2022 approaches, we're expecting all of the big name devices from the Galaxy Watch 5 and Apple Watch Series 8 to appear in the coming months.

And the appearance of Google's first smartwatch – the Google Pixel Watch – has the potential to shake up the world of Android smartwatches.

Read on for our round-up of the upcoming smartwatches we're excited about.

Google Pixel Watch

ETA: Fall 2022

Google Pixel Watch

After years of waiting, the Google Pixel Watch is official – and it will be launched in Fall 2022.

The first smartwatch designed and built by Google was unveiled at I/O 2022, but details are still a little sparse on exactly what we'll get.

Google revealed that the Pixel Watch is made of recycled stainless steel, which should give it a premium feel, and has quick release bands for easy customization.

Fitbit will power the fitness tracking elements of the smartwatch, offering step and activity tracking, 24/7 heart rate and its Active Zone Minutes metric.

Wear OS 3.0 will offer apps, an improved Google Wallet with payments and the company’s voice assistant – plus a new SOS feature.

There will also be a cellular version, and the Pixel Watch will run on an "improved" version of Wear 3.0, with a revamped UI.

The smartwatch is set to be released “this Fall”, alongside the Pixel 7 smartphone, so we’ll have to wait until then for more detailed information.

Apple Watch Series 8

ETA: September 2022

Exciting upcoming smartwatches landing in 2022

We're expecting an Apple Watch Series 8 on schedule for September 2022 – and there has been a smattering of rumors to go with it.

A design change is unlikely after the Series 7 rolled out a new larger display, but we could see a new body temperature sensor, that was reportedly held back from the last generation.

However, it seems we won't get any blood pressure or glucose tracking this time around.

Check out our full guide to the Apple Watch Series 8 and what to expect.

Apple Watch SE 2

ETA: September 2022

Exciting upcoming smartwatches landing in 2022

The original Apple Watch SE was launched back in 2020, and was ignored in last year's keynote, so a refresh this September seems odds on.

According to the rumors, the Apple Watch SE 2022 will retain the same case design and 40mm/44mm sizes – so the older shape and size compared to the Series 7/8.

But allegedly it will gain the always-on display, which was omitted from the original.

And in a huge shock, the rumors state that ECG will head to the Apple Watch SE 2 – the first time it's been available outside the Apple flagship smartwatch.

There should also be improvements under the hood, but the bad news is that there's a reported price increase to $299. However, all this is pure speculation at this stage.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5

ETA: September 2022 (unconfirmed)

Exciting upcoming smartwatches landing in 2022

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 is also slated for this autumn, and could bring about some sizeable changes from the Watch 4.

It looks like the Classic version will be dropped, in favor of a Galaxy Watch 5 Pro version, which is rumored to have a massive 572 mAh battery.

New leaks have pointed to three possible skews, after codenames Heart-S, Heart-L and Heart-Pro were uncovered. Samsung watchers have taken that to mean that there will be two sizes of the standard Galaxy Watch 5, and conformation of a Watch 5 Pro edition.

There have also been strong rumors that Samsung will add a temperature sensor to its forthcoming smartwatch.

Expect to see more leaks as we get closer to a September launch. Check out our full guide to the latest Watch 5 rumors.

Huawei Watch GT3 Pro

ETA: Out in China, Europe imminent

Exciting upcoming smartwatches landing in 2022

Huawei Watch GT3 Pro 43mm in ceramic

The Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro has been announced in China, and is rumored to have a European release date.

The Watch GT3 Pro comes in two sizes with 46 mm titanium with a 1.43-inch AMOLED display. And there's a 43 mm ceramic version too with a 1.32-inch AMOLED.

In terms of battery life, the 46mm promises 14 days of battery life, while the 43mm version should last 7 days.

The GT3 Pro rated for free diving up to 30m, and there's an ECG monitor. However, we'd expect that feature to be dropped for any release outside of its Chinese homeland.

Rumors of a Europe release are already circulating, and claim that it could cost €399/€499.

Huawei Watch D

ETA: Out in China

Huawei Watch D

The Huawei Watch D is the company's latest health watch, and it's finally launched in China after months of teasing and rumors.

Blood pressure tracking and ECG are the headline features – although the former is managed via inflatable cuffs that attach under the strap, which is a slightly odd implementation.

There’s an 8 LED TruSeen 5.0 PPG heart rate monitor and SpO2 sensor, and the Huawei Watch D can keep tabs on conditions such atherosclerosis, arrhythmia, and sleep apnea.

In terms of design, the Watch D uses a large 1.64-inch 456 x 280 AMOLED screen with a 326 PPI – and packs IP68 water and dust resistance.

There are 70 sports tracking modes built in with a GPS chip for tracking out outdoor workouts, making it a pretty complete health and fitness device.

It seems unlikely the Watch D will go global, given the amount of regulatory sign off required – but it's possible it could land in Europe.

Movano Ring

ETA: H2 2022

Movano Ring

Not a smartwatch at all – but the Movano Ring, shown off at CES 2022, has certainly piqued our interest.

First it’s aimed at women, so it’s way more stylish that anything we’ve seen before. The Oura 3 isn’t a bad looking device, but it’s noticeable and chunky on the finger – and it’s harder for women to wear.

We'd need to see Movano Ring being worn to get a real sense of what the company has achieved in terms of design, but the incomplete loop looks way more interesting than some other rivals.

The Movano Ring will measure heart rate, heart rate variability (HRV), sleep, respiration rate, temperature and blood oxygen.

The device will get properly unveiled at CES 2022, but won’t be released until the second half of the year. As we’ve seen many times, a lot can go wrong between CES and release dates, so we’re not betting the house the Movano ring will come through unscathed.

Oppo Watch Free

ETA: October 2021 (China)

Oppo Watch Free

The Oppo Watch Free joins the existing Oppo Watch, and is designed to be a cheaper, sportier smartwatch than the Oppo Watch (and Oppo Watch 2). However, like the Oppo Watch 2, it's only announced for China right now.
It’s a dead ringer for the Huawei Watch Fit, with a tall rectangular shape, and identically-sized 1.64-inch AMOLED display, curved 2.5D glass and a 326ppi density.
The heart rate monitor has SpO2 capabilities, so it will read blood oxygen data. And there are 100 sport profiles although no built-in GPS.
Sleep is also a big focus, and Oppo has added snoring monitoring to its standard tracking of duration and quality of your slumber.

It’s far cheaper than the Oppo Watch series of smartwatches. The Watch Free has a price tag of CNY 549 ($84). The Oppo Watch 2 costs CNY 1,300 (about $200/€170).

Honor Watch GS3

ETA: Announced in China only

Honor Watch GS3

Honor has officially teased its new Honor Watch GS 3 smartwatch in China. The news came via an official Weibo post, accompanied by plenty of pictures – but there's little info on specs or features.

The Weibo post shows off a host of straps and finishes – gold, silver and gun metal with several different leather bands.

The only details are that the Watch GS 3 will feature an “eight-channel PPG heart rate monitor,” which the company claims is enhanced by an AI processor.

These are publicity renders, so things can (and usually do) look less impressive in the flesh – but the Watch GS 3 certainly catches the eye in terms of thinness and the lack of bezel.

It's certainly one to watch – but given it's not out in China yet, it could be a while until it hits the US/Europe (if at all).

Realme Watch 2

ETA: On sale in Malaysia now / Global TBC

Upcoming smartwatches 2021: Exciting devices we're waiting for

The Realme Watch 2 is now real and it seeks to pack in more features into a budget body than its predecessor that launched in early 2020.

It maintains a square look and features a 1.4-inch TFT 320x320 TFT touchscreen display. There's now up to 90 sports modes an optical heart rate monitor and an SpO2 sensor to monitor blood oxygen levels. It's also promising up to 12 days of battery life.

Once again though, this is one that will only work with Android phones. It's gone on sale in Malaysia for MYR 229, which works out to about $55.

That's not far off the $50 the first Realme Watch costs, so if it does launch further afield it should stick around at that budget price point.